Valia Tsikritea is a third year Ph.D. student in Bronze Age-Early Iron Age archaeology. She earned her B.A. in Archeology and Art History from the University of Athens. Her M.A. focused on the social meaning of decoration on Late Bronze Age textiles and pottery. She earned her degree at the Department of Classics, Univerity of Cincinnati. Her research interests include the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Greece, concentrating in the archaeology of cult and religion. For her Ph.D. she is studying pottery and figurines from Mt. Juktas, the peak sanctuary of Knossos, Crete. She has conducted fieldwork and survey projects in mainland Greece (Pylos, Mt. Lykaion, Marathon, Rafina, Nea Makri, ancient Tenea), on Crete (Gaidourofas, Stavromenos, Livari) and on the Aegean islands of Andros (Palaiopoli) and Kos (Kardamaina).